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Straw Dogs 2011 R CC

In a rural town, a young couple (James Marsden and Kate Bosworth) fights for survival when they're marked for death by depraved locals led by a ruthless predator (Alexander Skarsgrd).

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James Marsden, Kate Bosworth
Runtime:
1 hour, 49 minutes

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Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Rod Lurie
Starring James Marsden, Kate Bosworth
Supporting actors Alexander Skarsgård, James Woods, Dominic Purcell, Rhys Coiro, Billy Lush, Laz Alonso, Willa Holland, Walton Goggins, Anson Mount, Drew Powell, Kristen Shaw, Megan Adelle, Jessica Dockrey, Randall Newsome, Tim J. Smith, Richard Folmer, Wanetah Walmsley, Clyde Heun
Studio Screen Gems
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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I would suppose this was a fine movie if it hadn't been a remake. Having recently purchased and viewed the original Straw Dogs in blu-ray I found it to be very lacking in comparison; And, being a remake it invites the inevitable comparison. One thing lacking is the palpable tension throughout the original movie. This one has the same characters and many of the very same lines and is still without the certain foreboding, tension filled atmosphere. James Woods who is scary just to look at is not as scary as Peter Vaughan. The other characters casting is in doubt as well. Dustin Hoffman was certainly more book-wormish and out of place than James Marston as David Sumner. Even Dominic Purcell as Jeremy Niles was a stretch that I couldn't see.
***(Spoiler Alert)***
The modernization and move to the United States didn't help any. How come when someone shoots a car they blow up immediately? The changes didn't help the movie at all. The death of Hedden without the attack at the end was taken out and lessens the film. Dustin Hoffman was much more convincing and frantic in the hold off at the ranch. The hunting scene was very out of place. The entire change of that to deer hunting was not helpful. The rape scene was weirder as well, lacking the subtle desire versus submission. The connection of Jeremy Niles to Hedden's Daughter(Willa Holland) was not built up either and mis-cast in my opinion.
So due to so many little things that I found lacking in comparison to the original I found it very difficult to like anything about this movie. It was like they just took all that was "good" about the original and left it out of it. I would give it 2 1/2 stars if I could. I would say if you haven't seen the original you would probably enjoy it more.
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Format: DVD
I debated seeing this at the theater because the original was so dark and the critics had been so tough on this remake. I was surprised by how good it was. Friends with me also enjoyed seeing this film. Solid thriller type of story with a couple better than average acting performances from James Woods, Alexander Skarsgard, Dom Purcell.
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Format: Blu-ray
Okay so I know a lot of people are comparing this to the original version saying it's no good in comparison. I've never seen the original so this review is going to be specifically about this movie. I liked it.

Seriously I liked it. The characters are good, the motivation of each character is believable, and the situations are realistic enough that it could actually happen.

My only complaints about this movie are about the two female characters. The cheerleader girl and the wife of the main character.

***SPOILERS***

The cheerleader flirts with the mentally retarded guy even though she knows it'll get him in trouble and he'll get the crap beaten outta him by her father and the other washed up football guys. It's like she gets off on seeing him get his ass kicked. Also it's kinda confusing as to if he kills her by accident when he puts his hands over her face to stop her from screaming. I know her feet stop moving, but is that cuz she passed out or because she died? It's just a minor point of confusion but still I'd like a little clarity.

Also the wife is just plain annoying. In one scene she tells her husband that the former football heroes were drooling over her outside and that it was making her uncomfortable and asked him to do something about it. Yet then she goes upstairs and flashes her breasts to the same people who were just making her feel so uncomfortable. You can't have your cake and eat it too, either you're not comfortable with them starring at you, or you are.

Then later they rape her and she yells at her husband calling him a coward and that he's not a real man.
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Rod Lurie's remake of Peckinpah's 1971 masterpiece Straw Dogs should be embarrassing for all involved, especially James Woods, who must need a paycheck bad. The 1971 original was greatly misunderstood by critics and viewers at the time of its release, with many projecting their own Procrusten Beds of ideology on the film. To compound and confound matters, Peckinpah himself tended to deal with various criticisms piecemeal while refusing to deliniate his own concept of the film. Thus, we have Lurie viewing Peckinpah through the lens of Robert Ardrey or Peckinpah answering feminist critics by declaring David Sumner the villain. Lurie's remake takes a great many of these criticisms and attempts a modern PC remake. The primitive Cornwall countryside is replaced by the Mississippi Gulf Coast, so Lurie is able to plug into the Southern stereotype, though he denies it in his commentary. Gone are the marital problems of the Sumners, David's fascination and provoking of the local violence, Amy's flaunting of her sexual freedom to the provincials she grew up with. Heck, in true PC fashion, even the violent locals who murder a black sheriff and attempt to kill the Sumners are themselves victims, as they are the straw dogs venerated for their high school sports prowess and then discarded upon graduation. Like a T-Ball game with no winners or losers, the remake has no good guys or bad guys, whereas the original had no totally good guy or woman, just real humans confronted by a situation partially of their own making which they must survive, even if their marriage relationship doesn't.Read more ›
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